Intelligence: 5 September 2016Offices Rebooted

Building from scratch isn’t always the answer, particularly when a building is structurally sound and has unique features. Refurbishment can provide both cost effective and sustainable delivery of high quality, desirable grade A space.

31 Great George Street, Bristol

This £6.5 million landmark city centre refurbishment project sees a comprehensive re-model of a sevenstorey, former award-winning office building. Since 1987, PWC have occupied 31 Great George Street and when the building was acquired by Hermes Asset Management, a new contemporary design ethos was required to transform the building into a new Grade A office exemplar model for Bristol.

A key focus of this project was the creation of flexible floorplates and workplaces to futureproof against emerging working trends including Agile Working. The formation of a large multi-volume structural glass atrium within the building’s core optimises light and passive ventilation. In addition, the new communal space offers height and distinctiveness with opening windows linked to cellular cooling zones and low energy led lighting with building-wide digital lighting control systems to create a more energy efficient and sustainable building.

9-27 Greyfriars Road, Reading

On this four-storey scheme in central Reading, McKay Securities purchased an existing 1980s office building in need of refurbishment. In Reading’s highly competitive office market, this needed to offer something different and a long-term prospective investment.

We therefore focused on its long-term sustainability, retaining much of the main structure and foundations while refreshing the elevations, creating a new double height space in the main entrance to give a sense of grandeur and open space. As a result, one of Reading’s greatest buildings has been created, with 40,000sqft of office space, achieving BREEAM Excellent and the more unusual ambition of an EPC rating of A.


Covering 90,000 sqft, the offices and warehouse space at HQube have been refurbished to include a contemporary and attractive reception area, with a new feature canopy. The unique design and high spec materials, such as porcelain tiles and glass, have been used to create a clean look to attract high end tenants. Primarily required to store large quantities, the warehouse has been designed to also work as an adaptable space, adding to its long-term viability.

Alma Road, Windsor

Consisting of a new build and refurbishment of the existing building, the current building has been completely stripped back, with new façades and an updated, fresh and modern look inside. Using traditional brickwork with modern materials has created a lighter and spacious building with feature stairs and connecting lobbies. Basement parking and a robust foundation provided a great shell for refurbishment and a prime opportunity to improve and expand the space to create high quality and modern office space.

This article features in our Summer 2016 edition of Update Magazine